Practical Book Review Why Don’t We Listen Better? James C. Petersen D.Min., L.P.C.

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Diane Jaynes HSER508 Module 5 Liberty University On-line April 21, 2013 Practical Book Review Why Don’t We Listen Better? James C. Petersen D.Min., L.P.C. Summary James Petersen breaks his book down into five different parts that explains and helps individuals or groups in learning how to communicate better with each other and anyone that they may come into contact with. James Petersen places a very big focus on learning to really listen to people when they are talking. He also explains how each individual have had and dealt with individuals that are suffering from his theory of “The Flat Brain Theory” which he discusses how feelings are linked with the stomach, the heart and of course the head and how these three work collectively to alter an individual’s actions. In chapter 3, Petersen talks about the two levels of communication that consist of sharing the information and then connecting with the individuals that is sharing the information. Personal communication will only happen when the person sharing the information feels like they have been heard and their issue has been understood. Peterson also discusses in chapter 5 “The Flat-Brain Tango” which simply means the cultural norm is when being attacked physically or verbally, we have the personal right to defend ourselves and as humans it is really hard to just listen without defending one’s self. If people feel they are being judged by you or you feel you are being judged by individuals, there is no way you can build a relationship. In chapter 6, Petersen discusses how when individuals recognize “The Flat-Brain tango” and give up trying to be the defender and actually hear the hurt the other individual is experiencing underneath their expressed anger, the individual will be able to start building a relationship. Petersen discusses in chapter 7-15, his Talk Listener

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